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Canterbury Better Breathing programme

In Canterbury, a free eight-week pulmonary rehabilitation programme called Better Breathing is available for people with long-term chest conditions like COPD.

The programme can help improve your breathing and fitness through gentle movement and exercise. The programme also includes education sessions that help you to:

The programme consists of a one-and-a-half-hour session once a week and participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible.

There are entry requirements for the programme. If you're interested in attending a Better Breathing programme, phone (03) 353‑9973 or talk to your GP.

Better Breathing programmes are provided at the following locations:




Venue to be advised

City East

Linwood Salvation Army hall, 177 Linwood Ave, Linwood

City North

Bishopdale Library and Community Centre, 13 Bishopdale Ct, Bishopdale Village Mall

City South

Pioneer Stadium, 75 Lyttleton St, Somerfield

City West

Hei Hei Community Lounge, 12 Wycola Ave, Hei Hei


Mainpower Oval, Canterbury Country Cricket Association, Coldstream Rd, Rangiora

In this video, Tuli shares his story about learning to breathe better through the Better Breathing pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed June 2021.

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